She’s the popstar that finished second behind eventual Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak at Melodi Grand Prix 2009.
Now, over a decade later, Tone Damli is competing in Norway’s national selection once more. The “Butterflies” hitmaker will perform “Hurts Sometimes” in the MGP 2020 final, bypassing the semis.
We met Tone at the first artist reveal for Melodi Grand Prix 2020 on 7 January.
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She finished second to eventual #Eurovision winner @rybakofficial during Norway’s 2009 national final. And now @iamtonedamli is back with the song “Hurts Sometimes” ?? She tells our @anne.vik that she waited 11 years to come back to #MGP because she wanted to wait for the right song. Her song is about love – hard love ? Full interview soon on the #wiwibloggs #YouTube channel. #melodigrandprix #eurovision2020 #nrkmgp #mgp2020 #tonedamli
Tone Damli at Melodi Grand Prix 2020
Since her last MGP participation, Tone Damli’s life has had many musical as well as personal highlights. Throughout the years, she sang with Eurovision 2011 bronze medalist Eric Saade, became a mum and was one of the judges of Norwegian Idol.
In 2013, Tone teamed up with Erik Segerstedt on the song “Hello Goodbye”, which participated in the Swedish Eurovision preselection Melodifestivalen. The duo reached the Andra Chansen round.
Tone Damli on her MGP 2020 comeback
The Norwegians, however, had to wait over a decade to see the songstress return. Tone tells us:
“First of all, it’s so fantastic that people want me to be back. I don’t know. I hadn’t been the right time and I haven’t had the right song I guess… But now,11 years later, I feel super ready.”
Tone Damli on “Hurts Sometimes”
While her last MGP effort “Butterflies” was a sweet upbeat pop song, “Hurts Sometimes” will be different. Tone says:
“The song is mid-tempo, but it’s a quite big song and it’s about love. The hard love.”
That sounds promising! Tone Damli will give “Hurts Sometimes” its live debut during the fifth semi-final of Melodi Grand Prix 2020. But as she’s one of the five automatic qualifers, it should be a relatively stress free occasion.
Are you excited for Tone Damli’s Melodi Grand Prix comeback? Are you looking forward to hear “Hurts Sometimes”? Let us know in the comments below.
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